Patient Story

Grateful Couple Establishes Gift in Honor of Cardiologist


“Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute clinicians diagnosed me quickly and set me up on a treatment plan that saved my life.” - James Stevens

At the age of 26, James Stevens was told the unthinkable. He only had weeks to live after clinicians discovered a rare tumor. With limited treatment options available, a dedicated Saint Luke’s clinician convinced James to participate in a clinical trial that saved his life after three long years of intense treatment.

Nearly 50 years later, James found himself at home experiencing complications after having another tumor removed. His cardiologist, Michael Main, MD, told him to get to an emergency room immediately. Upon his arrival, James was immediately admitted to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Saint Luke’s Hospital.

“Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute clinicians diagnosed me quickly and set me up on a treatment plan that saved my life,” James said. “I am especially thankful to Dr. Main for his kindness and commitment to patients like me.”

Grateful for his care, James and his wife, Lisa, have made a legacy gift that will benefit the future of Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in honor of Dr. Main.

Today, James is traveling the world with Lisa as well as serving as Chairman Emeritus for Angel Flight Central which serves people in need by arranging charitable flights for health care and other humanitarian purposes. 

To learn how you can create a lasting legacy by supporting Saint Luke’s care programs, please contact 816-932-2252 or visit Saint Luke's Foundation.